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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hiatus


It's been 4 months, so you probably guessed this, but this blog is on an indefinite hiatus.

Over the years this space has brought a lot of joy, connected me with some fabulous people (many of whom I keep in touch with via social media), and been a great outlet for my creativity. Right now, however, I'm focusing my energies on my handmade business. When, if, & how I'll use this space is the future is unplanned.

All content and freebies remain (and traffic is pretty heavy/constant for those, THANKS!), but I will be removing the Facebook exclusive one. Please keep me in your blogreaders and subscriptions - I'll pop back at some point!


Monday, January 5, 2015

A Wish for the New Year!

In 2013, I shared a lot of my little designs for scrapbooking and Project Life. In 2014, I backed off from that so much as I was focusing my energy on creating and making in my personal sphere. In 2015, I'm going to see if I can find a little balance between those two approaches.

As he has done in various years, one of my very favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, shared a fresh wish for the new year of 2015 on New Year's Eve. One of the first things I ever created for the sharing on the blog was a set of these wishes from previous years, and when I read this one I had to make it into something to slip into a scrapbook page or pin up on an inspiration wall because the words are just lovely.

A Wish for a New Year by LauraKateIsCrafty
The same message on a 3x4 or a 4x4 card, right >>> here <<<


I hope you will enjoy this little gift for a fresh start to a new and wonderful year! 2015 can be as wonderful as we make it.

Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love.




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Instalife: midwinter edition

2014 is almost over and I haven't blogged in ages. Life was busy, busy, busy with Thanksgiving and then Christmas travel and I kept up with my general thought of not feeling pressured to write in this space. The latter half of the year has been relatively quite for me in blogland, and that's cool. I might mix things up a bit in the new year. We'll see what happens!







Autumn gave its last rattle with a lovely Thanksgiving held at our house, filled with a cast of international characters. There was much pie





November wrapped up with a cold-but-dry barbecue at our friends A & M's place, I went to Westminter Abbey to welcome the Advent season, and the large amounts of baking and cooking continued.





Hello, December! There was a lot of making happening in prep for 2 Christmas craft fairs I attended as a vendor. They weren't quite as successful as I'd hoped, but I was so glad to really have some progress with 2014's "One Little Word" make as the year drew to a close. Also, I ended up on tv (Graham Norton) behind One Direction. It was highly amusing.






Christmas crafting, birds both glass & real, oatmeal: the best winter breakfast on Earth, a bit more baking, and Christmas nails (design 2 out of 3 or 4 that I did over the month!)






The mister and I headed to the other side of London to sit in a tiny pub basement "venue" and be part of a live taping of the QI Podcast - that was very excellent. // Anything with a tree background becomes Christmassy, no? // KUMQUATS // Cards went on their merry way (but high international postal rates mean I didn't get to send as many as I would've liked). // More kitchen related goodness: baking gingerbread cookies and cooking rhubarb jam and kumquat marmalade for gifting. Yum






I baked or cooked ALLOFTHETHINGS, it would seem: a home-baked, handmade gingerbread house (because that's the only way to really do it), pomanders for smelling nice, peppermint bark (for gifting and for nibbling on), orange-scented marshmallows dipped in dark chocolate (mostly for gifting {I was surprised at how simple making marshmallows really is. Try it!}), plus I also made salted caramel sauce and put it in little jars for the Scottish relations. Lots of tasty things. Once we arrived in Scotland for the Christmas period, it was important to visit the European market in Edinburgh for a pork steak sandwich (so amazing). On Christmas Eve afternoon, we were very excited that A Muppet Christmas Carol was on tv. The in-laws had never seen it and, apparently generally unaware of the basic plot, gave up. Their loss, says I! ("More cheeses for us meeces!)





Christmas came and it was pretty nice. I do miss being with my family, but that's being planned for next year! Hopefully it'll be at least as nice as this year.

And so now we find ourselves on New Year's Eve. Last night I whipped up another batch of marshmallows (to be cut into pieces and dipped in chocolate before guests arrive tonight) and will be baking Joy The Baker's lovely Gruyere Puffs for nibbles (because that recipe is easy peasy and delicious). A small group of friends, a disproportionate amount of drinks, and some good cheer all around will be a wonderful way to ring in the new year, even if I happen to actually be rather sick!

See you in 2015!